There are lies women have come to associate with privilege, the privilege of being male. We've all heard, "I'll call you during the week...I would never hurt you...Things aren't the way they seem...I just need more time...I can't leave her now, but I will."
George W. Bush has extended the definition of privilege to include the right to disclose absolutely nothing. He's insisting his administration's refusal to support that Michael Mukasey comply with a White House panel requesting material related to the leak of CIA operative Valerie Plame's identity is not an attempt to cover up anything. He's maintaining it's a way of protecting the separation of powers and integrity of future Justice Department investigations of the White House. If Bush's arguments are Cheney-driven, as has been suggested, this places the vice-president in the role of the dominating wife. "Tell them the administration is not accountable," would be the new, "Tell her it's over."
The White House is operating on the principle that guys can get away with anything.
If we believe what our president repeatedly asserts -- and some small percentage of Americans still do -- the fault always lies elsewhere. "The press doesn't understand me" is the new, "She doesn't understand me."
"The American people have been safe under my watch" is the new, "I'd never do anything to hurt you."
"The war in Iraq is going swimmingly," is the new, "Hey, these things take time. I'm doing everything I can."
"There is no recession," is the new, "You're being paranoid. She's just a friend."
If this president is adept at anything, it's guy talk, trying to make us feel good, however bleak the reality. He's the right one to ask, "Honey, do I need to lose weight?"